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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454357/expression-regulation-and-function-of-mir-495-in-healthy-and-tumor-tissues
#1
Hongli Chen, Xiaman Wang, Ju Bai, Aili He
MicroRNA-495 (miR-495) is a small non-coding RNA encoded by a gene located on chromosome 14 (14q32.31). Its expression is regulated by the transcription factors EF12 and EF47, in addition to promoter methylation status and the fusion oncoprotein mixed-lineage leukemia-AF9. Previous studies suggest that miR-495 is involved in various developmental, immunological and inflammatory processes in healthy tissue, and in the proliferation, invasion, metastasis and drug resistance of cancer cells. The role miR-495 serves in tumors is controversial...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453788/usage-of-dexamethasone-increases-the-risk-of-cranial-neural-crest-dysplasia-in-the-chick-embryo
#2
Xin Cheng, He Li, Yu Yan, Guang Wang, Zachary Berman, Manli Chuai, Xuesong Yang
Dexamethasone (Dex) is commonly used in the treatment of a variety of benign and malignant conditions. Unfortunately, although it has a variety of teratogenic effects, it remains used in clinical practice for pregnant women mainly due to limited alternatives. However, there is limited knowledge of the mechanisms that lead to the observed teratogenic effects. In this study, the effects of Dex during embryogenesis on neural crest development were evaluated in the early chick embryos. First, we demonstrated that 100µL 10-6 M Dex treatment leads to craniofacial developmental defects, and also retards embryo growth and plausibly can cause embryo demise...
April 27, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453394/expression-of-mir-23a-by-apoptotic-regulators-in-human-cancer-a-review
#3
Rabih Roufayel, Seifedine Kadry
MicroRNAs play fundamental roles in mammalian development, differentiation and cellular homeostasis by regulating essential processes such as proliferation, migration, metabolism, migration and cell death. These small non-coding RNAs are also responsible in RNA silencing, and in many developmental and pathological processes. Not surprisingly, miR-23a misexpression contributes to numerous diseases including cancer where certain miRNA genes have been classified as either oncogenes or tumor suppressor genes. Since a single microRNA is capable of targeting a large number of mRNA sequences, de-regulated miRNA expression has the ability to alter various transcripts and activate a wide range of cancer-related pathways...
April 28, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449119/mutations-in-thap11-cause-an-inborn-error-of-cobalamin-metabolism-and-developmental-abnormalities
#4
Anita M Quintana, Hung-Chun Yu, Alison Brebner, Mihaela Pupavac, Elizabeth A Geiger, Abigail Watson, Victoria L Castro, Warren Cheung, Shu-Huang Chen, David Watkins, Tomi Pastinen, Flemming Skovby, Bruce Appel, David S Rosenblatt, Tamim H Shaikh
CblX (MIM309541) is an X-linked recessive disorder characterized by defects in cobalamin (vitamin B12) metabolism and other developmental defects. Mutations in HCFC1, a transcriptional co-regulator which interacts with multiple transcription factors, have been associated with cblX. HCFC1 regulates cobalamin metabolism via the regulation of MMACHC expression through its interaction with THAP11, a THAP domain-containing transcription factor. The HCFC1/THAP11 complex potentially regulates genes involved in diverse cellular functions including cell cycle, proliferation, and transcription...
April 25, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449103/novel-degenerative-and-developmental-defects-in-a-zebrafish-model-of-mucolipidosis-type-iv
#5
Huiqing Li, Wuhong Pei, Sivia Vergarajauregui, Patricia M Zerfas, Nina Raben, Shawn M Burgess, Rosa Puertollano
Mucolipidosis type IV (MLIV) is a lysosomal storage disease characterized by neurologic and ophthalmologic abnormalities. There is currently no effective treatment. MLIV is caused by mutations in MCOLN1, a lysosomal cation channel from the transient receptor potential (TRP) family. In this study we used genome editing to knockout the two mcoln1 genes present in Dario rerio (zebrafish). Our model successfully reproduced the retinal and neuromuscular defects observed in MLIV patients, indicating that this model is suitable for studying the disease pathogenesis...
April 25, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449092/genome-wide-dna-methylomes-from-discrete-developmental-stages-reveal-the-predominance-of-non-cpg-methylation-in-tribolium-castaneum
#6
Xiaowen Song, Fei Huang, Juanjuan Liu, Chengjun Li, Shanshan Gao, Wei Wu, Mengfan Zhai, Xiaojuan Yu, Wenfeng Xiong, Jia Xie, Bin Li
Cytosine DNA methylation is a vital epigenetic regulator of eukaryotic development. Whether this epigenetic modification occurs in Tribolium castaneum has been controversial, its distribution pattern and functions have not been established. Here, using bisulphite sequencing (BS-Seq), we confirmed the existence of DNA methylation and described the methylation profiles of the four life stages of T. castaneum. In the T. castaneum genome, both symmetrical CpG and non-CpG methylcytosines were observed. Symmetrical CpG methylation, which was catalysed by DNMT1 and occupied a small part in T...
April 25, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449076/qtl-analysis-of-the-developmental-response-to-l-glutamate-in-arabidopsis-roots-and-its-genotype-by-environment-interactions
#7
Pia Walch-Liu, Rhonda C Meyer, Thomas Altmann, Brian G Forde
Primary root growth in Arabidopsis and a number of other species has previously been shown to be remarkably sensitive to the presence of external glutamate, with glutamate signalling eliciting major changes in root architecture. Using two recombinant inbred lines from reciprocal crosses between Arabidopsis accessions C24 and Col-0, we have identified one large-effect quantitative trait locus (QTL), GluS1, and two minor QTLs, GluS2 and GluS3, which together accounted for 41% of the phenotypic variance in glutamate sensitivity...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449056/plant-hexokinases-are-multifaceted-proteins
#8
Giovanna P Aguilera-Alvarado, Sobeida Sánchez-Nieto
Sugars are the main carbon and energy source in cells, but they can also act as signaling molecules that affect the whole plant life cycle. Certain tissues can produce sugars and supply them to others, and this plant tissue heterogeneity makes sugar signaling a highly complex process that requires elements capable of perceiving changes in sugar concentrations among different tissues, cell compartments and developmental stages. In plants, the regulatory effects of Glucose (Glc) have been the most studied to date...
April 25, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448442/rai1-haploinsufficiency-is-associated-with-social-abnormalities-in-mice
#9
Nalini R Rao, Clemer Abad, Irene C Perez, Anand K Srivastava, Juan I Young, Katherina Walz
Background: Autism is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors; with different degrees of severity in each of the core areas. Haploinsufficiency and point mutations of RAI1 are associated with Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS), a genetic condition that scores within the autism spectrum range for social responsiveness and communication, and is characterized by neurobehavioral abnormalities, intellectual disability, developmental delay, sleep disturbance, and self-injurious behaviors...
April 27, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448202/current-progress-in-orchid-flowering-flower-development-research
#10
Hsin-Mei Wang, Chii-Gong Tong, Seonghoe Jang
Genetic pathways relevant to flowering of Arabidopsis are under the control of environmental cues such as day length and temperatures, and endogenous signals including phytohormones and developmental aging. However, genes and even regulatory pathways for flowering identified in crops show divergence from those of Arabidopsis and often do not have functional equivalents to Arabidopsis and/or existing species- or genus-specific regulators and show modified or novel pathways. Orchids are the largest, most highly evolved flowering plants, and form an extremely peculiar group of plants...
April 27, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448016/zebrafish-in-situ-spinal-cord-preparation-for-electrophysiological-recordings-from-spinal-sensory-and-motor-neurons
#11
Rosa L Moreno, Megan Josey, Angeles B Ribera
Zebrafish, first introduced as a developmental model, have gained popularity in many other fields. The ease of rearing large numbers of rapidly developing organisms, combined with the embryonic optical clarity, served as initial compelling attributes of this model. Over the past two decades, the success of this model has been further propelled by its amenability to large-scale mutagenesis screens and by the ease of transgenesis. More recently, gene-editing approaches have extended the power of the model. For neurodevelopmental studies, the zebrafish embryo and larva provide a model to which multiple methods can be applied...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447607/genome-wide-identification-characterization-and-expression-profile-of-aquaporin-gene-family-in-flax-linum-usitatissimum
#12
S M Shivaraj, Rupesh K Deshmukh, Rhitu Rai, Richard Bélanger, Pawan K Agrawal, Prasanta K Dash
Membrane intrinsic proteins (MIPs) form transmembrane channels and facilitate transport of myriad substrates across the cell membrane in many organisms. Majority of plant MIPs have water transporting ability and are commonly referred as aquaporins (AQPs). In the present study, we identified aquaporin coding genes in flax by genome-wide analysis, their structure, function and expression pattern by pan-genome exploration. Cross-genera phylogenetic analysis with known aquaporins from rice, arabidopsis, and poplar showed five subgroups of flax aquaporins representing 16 plasma membrane intrinsic proteins (PIPs), 17 tonoplast intrinsic proteins (TIPs), 13 NOD26-like intrinsic proteins (NIPs), 2 small basic intrinsic proteins (SIPs), and 3 uncharacterized intrinsic proteins (XIPs)...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446921/roles-of-nuclear-pores-and-nucleo-cytoplasmic-trafficking-in-plant-stress-responses
#13
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Yu Yang, Wei Wang, Zhaoqing Chu, Jian-Kang Zhu, Huiming Zhang
The nuclear pore complex (NPC) is a large protein complex that controls the exchange of components between the nucleus and the cytoplasm. In plants, the NPC family components play critical roles not only in essential growth and developmental processes, but also in plant responses to various environmental stress conditions. The involvement of NPC components in plant stress responses is mainly attributed to different mechanisms including control of mRNA/protein nucleo-cytoplasmic trafficking and transcriptional gene regulation...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446798/novel-missense-mutation-in-dll4-in-a-japanese-sporadic-case-of-adams-oliver-syndrome
#14
Miwako Nagasaka, Mariko Taniguchi-Ikeda, Hidehito Inagaki, Yuya Ouchi, Daisuke Kurokawa, Keiji Yamana, Risa Harada, Kandai Nozu, Yoshitada Sakai, Sushil K Mishra, Yoshiki Yamaguchi, Ichiro Morikoka, Tatsushi Toda, Hiroki Kurahashi, Kazumoto Iijima
Adams-Oliver syndrome (AOS, OMIM; 100300) is a rare genetic disease characterized by aplasia cutis congenita, terminal transverse limb defects and cutis marmorata with vascular anomalies such as congenital heart defects. The etiology of this syndrome has remained largely unknown but defective Notch signaling during vascular formation has been suggested. Here we describe a sporadic Japanese newborn case with clinically diagnosed AOS. Trio whole-exome sequencing identified a de novo, novel, heterozygous missense mutation in the Delta-like 4 ligand gene (DLL4 c...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446706/a-sister-of-nanog-regulates-genes-expressed-in-pre-implantation-human-development
#15
Thomas L Dunwell, Peter W H Holland
The NANOG homeobox gene plays a pivotal role in self-renewal and maintenance of pluripotency in human, mouse and other vertebrate embryonic stem cells, and in pluripotent cells of the blastocyst inner cell mass. There is a poorly studied and atypical homeobox locus close to the Nanog gene in some mammals which could conceivably be a cryptic paralogue of NANOG, even though the loci share only 20% homeodomain identity. Here we argue that this gene, NANOGNB (NANOG Neighbour), is an extremely divergent duplicate of NANOG that underwent radical sequence change in the mammalian lineage...
April 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446146/flow-cytometry-sorting-of-nuclei-enables-the-first-global-characterization-of-paramecium-germline-dna-and-transposable-elements
#16
Frédéric Guérin, Olivier Arnaiz, Nicole Boggetto, Cyril Denby Wilkes, Eric Meyer, Linda Sperling, Sandra Duharcourt
BACKGROUND: DNA elimination is developmentally programmed in a wide variety of eukaryotes, including unicellular ciliates, and leads to the generation of distinct germline and somatic genomes. The ciliate Paramecium tetraurelia harbors two types of nuclei with different functions and genome structures. The transcriptionally inactive micronucleus contains the complete germline genome, while the somatic macronucleus contains a reduced genome streamlined for gene expression. During development of the somatic macronucleus, the germline genome undergoes massive and reproducible DNA elimination events...
April 26, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445719/kat-independent-gene-regulation-by-tip60-promotes-esc-self-renewal-but-not-pluripotency
#17
Diwash Acharya, Sarah J Hainer, Yeonsoo Yoon, Feng Wang, Ingolf Bach, Jaime A Rivera-Pérez, Thomas G Fazzio
Although histone-modifying enzymes are generally assumed to function in a manner dependent on their enzymatic activities, this assumption remains untested for many factors. Here, we show that the Tip60 (Kat5) lysine acetyltransferase (KAT), which is essential for embryonic stem cell (ESC) self-renewal and pre-implantation development, performs these functions independently of its KAT activity. Unlike ESCs depleted of Tip60, KAT-deficient ESCs exhibited minimal alterations in gene expression, chromatin accessibility at Tip60 binding sites, and self-renewal, thus demonstrating a critical KAT-independent role of Tip60 in ESC maintenance...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445492/shoot-stem-cell-specification-in-roots-by-the-wuschel-transcription-factor
#18
Boaz Negin, Or Shemer, Yonatan Sorek, Leor Eshed Williams
The WUSCHEL homeobox transcription factor is required to specify stem-cell identity at the shoot apical meristem and its ectopic expression is sufficient to induce de novo shoot meristem formation. Yet, the manner by which WUS promotes stem-cell fate is not yet fully understood. In the present research we address this question by inducing WUS function outside of its domain. We show that activation of WUS function in the root inhibits the responses to exogenous auxin and suppresses the initiation and growth of lateral roots...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444921/biochemical-characterization-and-analyses-of-polysialic-acid-associated-carrier-proteins-and-genes-in-piglets-during-neonatal-development
#19
Bing Wang, Yue Chen, He Ren, Nai Zhang, Frederic Arthur Troy Ii
Polysialic acid plays a key role in cancer metastasis and neurodevelopment. Our aim was to determine the developmental gene expression profiles for the two polysialyltransferases ST 8Sia II and ST8Sia IV, NCAM, SynCAM1, Neuropilin-2 (NRP2) and their polysialylated cognate glycans in different regions of the piglet brain during postnatal development. Our findings show that: (1) The cellular levels of mRNA coding for ST8Sia II and ST8Sia IV, NCAM, SynCAM1, NRP2 and polySia are age-dependent and cell type specific during neonatal brain development; (2) There was a lack of correlation between abundance level of mRNA coding for ST8Sia II and ST8Sia IV and the abundance level of the post-translation expression of polySia in all nine brain regions; (3) Expression levels of polySia did not correlate with the levels of the carrier proteins, NCAM-140, SynCAM1 and NRP2 in nine brain regions; (4) The cellular abundance of ST8Sia II and ST8Sia IV in nine subregions of piglet brain is regulated at the level of translation/posttranslation, and not at the level of transcription...
April 26, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444616/genome-wide-identification-of-grain-filling-genes-regulated-by-the-ossmf1-transcription-factor-in-rice
#20
Joung Sug Kim, Songhwa Chae, Kyong Mi Jun, Yoon-Mok Pahk, Tae-Ho Lee, Pil Joong Chung, Yeon-Ki Kim, Baek Hie Nahm
BACKGROUND: Spatial- and temporal-specific expression patterns are primarily regulated at the transcriptional level by gene promoters. Therefore, it is important to identify the binding motifs of transcription factors to better understand the networks associated with embryogenesis. RESULTS: Here, we used a protein-binding microarray (PBM) to identify the binding motifs of OsSMF1, which is a basic leucine zipper transcription factor involved in the regulation of rice seed maturation...
December 2017: Rice
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